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Inpainting a George Romney Portrait

By Katie Rovito, Third-Year Graduate Intern in Paintings Conservation

The author examining drying cracks under the microscope in Romney’s Portrait of Jane Hoskyns

Walking through the British art galleries, you might notice a cracking pattern or even an alligator skin–like texture on the surface of some of the paintings. These cracks formed when layers of paint dried unevenly. British painters of the late 1700s were notoriously experimental, trying out different materials to mimic the…

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